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    Hello

    I am buying my first BTL. Mortgage has been approved etc but I learnt last week that previous owner had three large trees very close to the house (2 very large). He removed these prior to putting the house up for sale. I had a homebuyers survey done and the surveyor said the trees aren't anything to worry about but I am having second thoughts and I am worried if something turns up in 4 - 5 years. However the homebuyers report doesn't suggest anything is wrong. I am 50 50 about whether to continue with the purchase, i have already spent over £1700 on fees etc and i am loath to stop now over what might be nothing. Anyone have any experience with this sort of thing.

    #2
    What type of trees? If Salix (Willow) or Eucalyptus then look for cracks in walls and expect roots in drains - nothing that can't be fixed.

    The tree officer of your local council may have had to give permission for the removal so ask there and ask what the reason for removal was.

    I don't think anything is likely to turn up 4-5 years after taking out trees.



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      #3
      The trees were removed in the past 4 - 6 months. There was a crack along the wall but the surveyor said it wasn't anything to worry about. I am worried about what might happen to the house in the next 4 + years, once maybe the roots die out etc.

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        #4
        What type of surveyor and crack? Did you get a full structural survey done?

        Worst case scenario is you need to get underpinning done - tell me what type the trees were?



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          #5
          It was a home buyers report. I was told by the company that did the survey that i didn't need a full structural one as home buyers is usually enough. Surveyor was RICS qualified.
          Not 100% sure of the type of tree - not oak, pine.... bark is smooth and whitish and the base of truck splits of into three different branches. want to say willow but the leaves look slightly different

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            #6
            Silver birch?

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              #7
              If trees have been cut down to almost ground level and you don't let more foliage sprout, it is unlikely they will be a further problem. Some tree surgeons cut an 'X' in the top of the exposed trunk and may inject a herbicide to kill the growth layer in the trunk, beneath the bark.

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                #8
                thanks for this..... what are the chances of there been damage even though there are no major cracks now... 2 - 3 yrs down the line. I don't really have the exp of dealing with these sorts of issues

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                  #9
                  How long is a piece of string?
                  May depend on tupe of tree, final age/height/extent of root network and proximity to house. Only safe solution would be full structural survey of the property to determine any damage already caused, but most trees cut back to almost ground level are unlikely to need roots, which will eventually die and decay.

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                    #10
                    OP, when you say 'very close' to the house that is rather subjective. How far away in metres(or feet if you prefer).

                    If drains are in proximity definitely worth a camera survey at around £150 to check drains.

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                      #11
                      If the trees were younger than the house then it clearly was fine before they grew.

                      If the trees were older than the house then the house should have been built more robustly to compensate.

                      Eitherway, not something I'd worry about.
                      There is always scope for misinterpretation.

                      If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

                      Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by slee View Post
                        the surveyor said the trees aren't anything to worry about
                        Given that surveyors are notorious for covering their backsides against the slightest potential issue, I'd have thought that this was good evidence to suggest all is OK (as opposed to "We recommend you get a full survey done to assess for tree root damage")

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